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Tallahassee in Leon County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Leon High School

 
 
Leon High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
1. Leon High School Marker
Inscription. The first Leon Academy opened in 1827, three years after Tallahassee's founding, and operated until the mid-1840s. In 1869, the Leon County Board of Public Instruction established separate schools for whites and blacks. In 1871, the county opened the Leon Academy as a public school for whites and, in 1885, constructed a two-story brick building on Tennessee Street between Duval and Bronough streets. The Board of Public Instruction passed a resolution in 1903 establishing a 12-grade high school known as Leon Graded and High School. A new school was dedicated on Park Avenue in 1911. On March 27, 1927, the Board of Public Instruction purchased 31.7 acres of McDougal Pasture for $22,000. Efforts by Mode L. Stone, Tallahassee's supervising principal of public schools, and a 1935 bond referendum and a loan from the Emergency Administration of Public Works led to the construction of the present school in 1936. Architect M. Leo Elliott designed the Mediterranean Revival/Italian Renaissance style building with its distinctive barrel tile roof with wide eaves and decorative rafter tails. The school had 50 classrooms, a cafeteria, kitchen, library and an auditorium. The new Leon High School was dedicated on May 28, 1937.
A Florida Heritage Site

 
Erected 2010 by the Leon
Leon High School image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
2. Leon High School
High School Foundation and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-698.)
 
Location. 30° 26.698′ N, 84° 16.477′ W. Marker is in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. Marker is on East Tennessee Street (U.S. 90) 0.1 miles west of North Franklin Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: East Tennessee Street, Tallahassee FL 32308, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Governor William Dunnington Bloxham House 1844 / Governor Bloxham House (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Knott House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Leon County's American Revolutionary War Soldiers (approx. 0.4 miles away); John Gilmore Riley House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lewis Bank (approx. half a mile away); Trinity United Methodist Church (approx. half a mile away); Florida Sri Chinmoy Peace State (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Tallahassee.
 
Also see . . .  Leon High School History. (Submitted on December 9, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
Leon High School Marker looking west on Tennessee Street image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
3. Leon High School Marker looking west on Tennessee Street
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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